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City names equity and empowerment coordinator

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Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has named the Rev. Dr. Patricia A. Efiom as the city’s equity and empowerment coordinator.

The position was created last year to provide coordination and leadership regarding issues of access, equity and empowerment to city services, programs and offerings.

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Efiom served as the chief executive officer of the Ebenezer AME Church in Evanston from 2010-2016 where she was responsible for spiritual guidance and strategic leadership for members, staff and ministries.

She also managed two Department of Housing and Urban Development properties housing 200 seniors in Evanston.

Efiom has also served as the project director of the Garrett-Evanston CDF Freedom Schools Program since 2014. Before coming to Evanston in 2010, Dr. Efiom held several administrative positions with Indiana University.

She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University, a master of divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

“Evanston is incredibly fortunate to have Pat Efiom agree to take on a new role after many years of being a leader and conscience of our community,” Bobkiewicz said. “She understands the challenges we face in our city, state and nation to provide equitable programs and services to all. Her many years of championing these issues in Evanston will only make the City’s efforts moving forward that much stronger.”

Efiom will begin her new position with the City on Feb. 20.

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